A SUSPECTED ARSONIST APPARENTLY SET FIRES IN UINTA AND SWEETWATER COUNTIES ALONG INTERSTATE 80 AFTER STARTING SEVERAL ALONG THE HIGHWAY IN UTAH THIS WEEK.

UINTA COUNTY FIRE WARDEN ERIC QUINNEY SAID HIS DEPARTMENT PUT OUT A SMALL FIRE ALONG THE ROADSIDE AT MILE MARKER 38 NEAR LYMAN ON MONDAY AFTERNOON.

INVESTIGATOR JASON CURRY, OF THE UTAH FORESTRY, FIRE AND STATE LANDS, SAYS SIX FIRES STARTED ALONG INTERSTATE 80 ON MONDAY, AND INVESTIGATORS SUSPECT SOMEBODY IS THROWING SOMETHING FLAMMABLE OUT OF A MOVING CAR.

MOST OF THE UTAH FIRES WERE IN TOOELE COUNTY AND WERE PUT OUT QUICKLY.

BUT CREWS WERE WORKING TUESDAY NIGHT ON A FIRE IN SUMMIT COUNTY THAT HAS BURNED NEARLY A SQUARE MILE.

WYOMING U.S. BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT SPOKESWOMAN KRISTEN LENHARDT SAID A BLM OFFICIAL IS INVESTIGATING.

LENHARDT URGED ANYONE WHO SEES SOMETHING RELATED TO THESE FIRES TO CONTACT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.

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TWO FORMER RIVERTON HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO SERVE JAIL TIME FOR THEIR ROLES IN HAZING ATTACKS ON YOUNGER TEAMMATES THAT OCCURRED DURING A WRESTLING TRIP EARLIER THIS YEAR.

HAYDEN WEMPEN AND JAMES HAMPTON, EACH 18 YEARS OLD, WERE SENTENCED WEDNESDAY BY NATRONA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE BRIAN D. CHRISTENSEN TO 20 DAYS IN JAIL, WITH AN ADDITIONAL FIVE MONTHS AND 10 DAYS OF SUSPENDED JAIL TIME. CHRISTENSEN ORDERED THE PAIR TO SERVE THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF THEIR SENTENCE IMMEDIATELY, MEANING THEY WILL BE INCARCERATED AT THE NATRONA COUNTY DETENTION CENTER UNTIL AT LEAST SUNDAY.

HOWEVER, CHRISTENSEN SAID THE TEENS MAY SERVE THE REMAINING 16 DAYS OF THEIR JAIL SENTENCE OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT SIX MONTHS. IF THEIR ATTORNEYS AND FAMILIES WANT TO GO THAT ROUTE, THE ATTORNEYS WILL HAVE TO FILE MOTIONS TO THAT EFFECT BY FRIDAY.

THE FORMER WRESTLERS, WHO BOTH NOW LIVE IN COLORADO, WILL ALSO SERVE A CONCURRENT SIX-MONTH TERM OF UNSUPERVISED PROBATION. THEY EACH PLEADED GUILTY TO TWO MISDEMEANOR COUNTS OF UNLAWFUL CONTACT, ALTHOUGH ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY KEVIN TAHERI TOLD CHRISTENSEN ON WEDNESDAY THAT PROSECUTORS COULD HAVE CHARGED THE TWO WITH THIRD-DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT.

A THIRD WRESTLER CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH THE ATTACKS, 18-YEAR-OLD PEYTON REES, IS SET TO BE SENTENCED MONDAY MORNING, ALSO IN NATRONA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT. HE WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH TWO MISDEMEANOR COUNTS OF UNLAWFUL CONTACT.

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A MOTORCYCLIST IS DEAD AFTER COLLIDING WITH AN SUV IN EAST CHEYENNE TUESDAY.

POLICE SAY THE CRASH HAPPENED AROUND 4:50 P.M. AT THE INTERSECTION OF U.S. HIGHWAY 30 AND WHITNEY ROAD.

CIVILIANS AND OFFICERS PERFORMED CPR ON THE MOTORCYCLE RIDER, BUT HE DIED AT THE SCENE.

NO OTHER DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED AT THIS TIME.
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CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) - THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING BOARD OF TRUSTEES HAS A NEW MEMBER.

GOV. MATT MEAD ON TUESDAY APPOINTED LAURA SCHMID-PIZZATO OF ROCK SPRINGS TO FILL A VACANCY CREATED BY JOHN MACPHERSON WHO RESIGNED IN JULY.

SCHMID-PIZZATO EARNED A BACHELOR'S OF ARTS DEGREE IN SPANISH FROM UW, AND A MASTER'S DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH. SHE IS A LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER AND IS CURRENTLY THE RECOVERY SERVICES MANAGER FOR SOUTHWEST COUNSELING SERVICE IN ROCK SPRINGS.

SHE IS ALSO THE PRESIDENT OF THE WYOMING CONGRESSIONAL AWARD COUNCIL AND HAS MAINTAINED CONNECTIONS TO UW THROUGH THE UW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, COWBOY JOE CLUB AND AS PROFESSIONAL MENTOR FOR UW STUDENTS.

SCHMID-PIZZATO AND HER HUSBAND ARE THE PARENTS OF THREE CHILDREN, INCLUDING ONE WHO ATTENDS UW IN LARAMIE.